Silas Marc ("Si Marc") Morrison Silas Morrison passed away in the presence of family and friends on December 9, 2013 at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California as the result of a massive stroke. Silas was born in San Francisco, California on July 31, 1959. Due to complications at birth, he suffered brain damage and was designated as a person with developmental disabilities. In spite of the limitations throughout his life, he accomplished a great deal and was loved by all who knew him. After graduating from Anally High School in Sebastopol, California in 1978, Silas spent most of his life in Humboldt County. He was a consumer of the services of the Redwoods Coast Regional Center and was recently elected to its board of directors. He helped formulate the local chapter of a self-advocacy group called "People First." While serving as president, Silas made numerous trips to Sacramento to lobby State legislators to improve the lives of those with developmental disabilities. He was also active in many other local organizations, such as Redwood United Workshop, HCAR, Kiwanis Aktion Club, and the Special Olympics. He was an active staff participant in the Grand Champion Kinetic Sculpture Race. Silas was appointed by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to serve as a consumer representative on the Special Education and Transistional Services Committee of the Area One Developmental Disability Board. He served on several statewide and local committees and was enthusiastic about his political involvement and advocacy work. He was gregarious, had good manners and enjoyed meeting people. Silas loved all family gatherings, especially during the holidays. He usually wore a Santa hat and had a gift for everyone in the family that he had selected at the Dollar Store. He loved to talk and eat and had a boisterous voice. When asked if they had seen Silas recently, friends typically responded, "No, I didn't see him, but I could hear him at the other end of the Mall". He was preceded in death by his birth mother, Phyllis Robertson and his grandmother Elizabeth J. Morrison. He is survived by his parents, Silas F. and M. Joyce Morrison, brother Lafe (Sharon) Morrison in Cheyenne, Wyoming, uncles Jim (Gay) Morrison, John (Beverly) Morrison, and cousins Jennith (Brett) Hoyt, Terry (Joe) Mertens, Marty (Keith) Loftis, Jamie (Brett) Johnson, Sharon (Bill) Hunter, Andree Scown, and Marc (Sherri) Morrison. Special thanks to Brian Sharp, Silas's extraordinarily devoted care giver, Dr. Michael Fratkin and the ICU staff at St. Joseph Hospital, Sharon Hunter, and Amber Stickels and her staff at Enriching Lives whose end-of-life support was greatly appreciated. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest contributions to Redwood Coast Regional Center Client Benefit Fund maintained at Humboldt Area Foundation. A celebration of Silas's life will be held at the Adult Day Health Care Center at 1901 California Street on Sunday, December 22 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. It will be an open house type of gathering. Please do drop in and share your photographs and stories. Pizza from his favorite Big Louie's Pizzeria will be served together with his favorite Martinelli's sparkling cider. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obits.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, 2013